UPDATE: Brunswick Water Conservation Alert Rescinded

June 17, 2022
Brunswick County Water Conservation Alert

UPDATE: August 22, 2022 -- Brunswick County Public Utilities is rescinding its Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert effective Monday, Aug. 22. This notice affects all customers of public water systems anywhere in Brunswick County. Full details are available on Brunswick County's website.

The conservation alert was originally issued on June 16. Recent rainfalls and the public’s efforts to conserve water have contributed to a drop to sustainable levels for the County’s water system. However, if drier weather conditions return, additional alerts could be issued. The County continues to monitor its system levels and will notify residents in the event another water conservation alert is necessary.

Customers are highly encouraged to continue to use water wisely and maintain the recommended water irrigation schedule as follows:

  1. Odd address numbers: Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
  2. Even address numbers: Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
  3. No irrigation on Mondays

Continuing to defer all non-essential water use (lawn irrigation) to outside the peak demand hours of 5 to 11 a.m., preferably after nightfall, will also help to spread out demands on the system.

ORIGINAL STORY: June 17, 2022 -- To ensure adequate water is available for essential needs, Brunswick County has declared a Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert effective immediately. This affects all customers of public water systems anywhere in Brunswick County, including Leland.

Residents are asked to use water wisely. According to Brunswick County, demand for water has exceeded 80% of the available production and distribution capacity, and demand is only expected to increase as we approach July.

Brunswick County Public Utilities provides water service in unincorporated portions of Brunswick County. Customers of other utilities such as H2GO are under the same restrictions since they receive water from Brunswick County Public Utilities.

Under a Stage 1 Water Alert, water system customers are requested to make voluntary adjustments to their water usage habits to appreciably reduce peak demands. (A peak demand of under 80% of system production and distribution capacity is targeted).

Irrigation demands represent the bulk of non-essential water use, so a primary way that customers can reduce water usage is to limit irrigation. A unified application of voluntary water reductions by all water system users in Brunswick County can help to avoid mandatory water restrictions.

Specific ways to reduce water usage are as follows:

  • Use the following recommended irrigation schedule to even out system demands:
    • Odd address numbers: Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
    • Even address numbers: Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
    • No irrigation on Mondays
  • Defer all non-essential water use (lawn irrigation) to outside the peak demand hours of 5-11 a.m., preferably after nightfall.
  • Do not overwater your yard. One inch of water per week in the summer will keep most types of grass healthy. To determine how long you need to run your sprinkler to provide 1-inch of water, place straight edged cans at different distances from your sprinkler and time how long it takes to fill an average of 1-inch of water in each can. Water occasionally but deeply to encourage deeper rooting that makes grass more drought/heat tolerant.
  • Install rain shut-off devices on automatic sprinkler systems.
  • Do not water pavement and impervious surfaces.
  • Limit lawn watering to what is necessary for plant survival. Water lawns outside of the peak demand hours of 5-11 a.m., preferably after nightfall.
  • Water shrubbery the minimum required. Water shrubbery outside of the peak demand hours of 5-11 a.m. Use drip irrigation systems in shrubbery beds and around trees to prevent water loss through evaporation.
  • Use ample mulch around trees and shrubs to retain moisture.
  • Plant drought-tolerant grasses, trees, and plants.
  • Adjust mower height to a higher setting to retain moisture.
  • Limit the use of clothes washers and dishwashers and operate those machines fully loaded. Operate dishwashers outside of the peak demand hours of 5-11 a.m., preferably after nightfall.
  • Minimize vehicle washing. Use commercial car washes that recycle water.
  • Use shower for bathing rather than bathtub and limit shower to no more than five minutes.
  • Inspect and repair all faulty and defective parts of faucets and toilets. Pay attention to dripping sounds.
  • Do not leave faucets running while shaving, brushing teeth, rinsing, or preparing food.
  • Do not wash down outside areas such as sidewalks, driveways, patios, etc.
  • Install water-saving showerheads and other water conservation devices.
  • Install water-saving devices in toilets such as early closing flappers.
  • Limit hours of water-cooled air conditioners.
  • Keep drinking water in a container in the refrigerator instead of running water from a faucet until it is cool.
  • Fill or top off swimming pools only from dusk until dawn.
  • Cover pool and spas when not in use to prevent evaporation.
  • Use disposable and biodegradable dishes where possible.

The conservation alert is due to customer demands approaching the permitted treatment capacity of the county’s water system.

This is not a water quality advisory, only a water conservation alert. There is no need to boil water for potable use unless you receive a low-pressure advisory notice for your specific area due to other conditions in the water distribution system.

Residents will be notified if any other conservation measures are needed and when conditions dictate that restrictions are no longer required.

Residents who have questions should contact their water service provider directly or Brunswick County Public Utilities at (910) 253-2657 or utilityadmin@brunswickcountync.gov. H2GO can be reached at (910) 371-9949.

Learn more about Brunswick County’s water conservation alert.

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